Why are breads, cereals, rice, and pasta important?
These foods provide complex carbohydrates (starches),
which are an important source of energy, especially in low fat diets.
They also provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The Food Guide Pyramid
suggests 6 to 11 servings of these foods a day.
What counts as a serving?
1 slice of bread
1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal
1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice, or pasta
Aren't starchy foods fattening?
No. It's what you add to these foods or cook with them
that adds most of the calories. For example: margarine or butter on bread,
cream or cheese sauces on pasta, and the sugar and fat used with the flour
in making cookies.
Here are some selection tips:
-To get the
fiber you need, choose several servings a day of foods made from whole
grains, such as whole-wheat bread and whole-grain cereals.
-Choose most often foods that are
made with little fat or sugars. These include bread, english muffins, rice,
-Baked goods made from flour, such
as cakes, cookies, croissants, and pastries, count as part of this food
group, by they are high in fat and sugars.
-Go easy on the fat and sugars you
add as spreads, seasonings, or toppings.
-When preparing pasta, stuffing,
and sauce from packaged mixes, use only half the butter or margarine
suggested; if milk or cream is called for, use low fat milk.